In the previous episode, we had witnessed King Jayathrada trying to abduct Draupati, only to be gunned down by Bheemasena, Sage Dhoumya and the others. Bheemasena thrashes King Jayathrada with his brutal and raw muscle power, ties him with a rope and drags him in front of Yudishtra for the final decision. As everybody expected Yudishtra to pronounce his decision of putting King Jayathrada to death, Yudishtra had other thoughts running in his mind. He wanted to somehow stick to the path of “Dharma” and never intended to deviate an inch from it here or there. Thinking thus, Yudishtra requested Bheemasena to let Jayathrada off without killing him, however, upon the condition that he has to accept his defeat and he shouldn’t cross roads again with the Paandavas henceforth. Even though this decision did not go well with Draupati, who was the direct victim of King Jayathrada’s wrath, Yudishtra somehow consoled her. King Jayathrada left that place accepting defeat, but is he really happy that Yudishtra saved his life that was in great danger in the hands of Bheemasena? Let us find out what King Jayathrada did henceforth in today’s episode.
Moving on further thus, King Jayathrada moves out of Yudishtra’s place and thinks what to do next. He could not take the insult that he had just experienced in the hands of Bheemasena and Yudishtra. He somehow wants to give it back to both of them. The anger within King Jayathrada is making him fume! What does he do now? He sits on a “Tapas” towards Bhagawan Shiva. The “Tapas” continues for days and nights together and with this, Bhagawan Shiva is mighty impressed. Bhagawan Shiva thus appears in front of King Jayathrada and asks him what he wants. King Jayathrada explains his stance thus, “Oh Bhagawan Mahadeva! I requested your intervention because I’m in a problem right now – I was insulted very badly by Yudishtra and Bheemasena. I want to somehow win over them and become their leader. I want to somehow defeat Arjuna and kill him. Please grant me a boon accordingly!” As King Jayathrada asks thus, Bhagwan Shiva replies, “Oh Jayathrada! Whatever you’re saying might not be possible. Of course, I understand your pain and frustration, however, remember one thing – It is not that easy to win over Arjuna and the others. I myself had gifted Arjuna with the “Paashupata-Asthra” earlier when Arjuna came to meet me. If he uses it against you, you can be rest assured of defeat in his hands! You will never be able to win over him at all!
Oh Jayathrada! Let me give you an important piece of advice – The people whom you are trying to take on, are not ordinary people like you think. They are very close devotees to Bhagawan Krishna, who is none other than Bhagawan Vishnu Himself! You do not know who Arjuna really is – He is none other than the divine disciple (“Nara”) of Bhagawan Narayana at the Bhadreenaatha Kshetra. Hence, I would suggest that you leave this episode of insult here itself and move on with your life. Do not put yourself in danger by opposing Bhagawan Krishna unnecessarily!”
As Bhagawan Shiva says thus, He also narrates Bhagawan Krishna’s previous incarnations as well, in the likes of Bhagawan Rama, Bhagawan Varaaha, Bhagawan Narasimha, etc. He does this to highlight that Bhagawan Krishna is none other than Bhagawan Vishnu or Bhagawan Narayana from Vaikunta and has incarnated in this world to restore and re-establish “Dharma”. As Bhagawan Shiva narrates all these anecdotes, the important question here is simple – Is King Jayathrada ready to listen to all these? Or, is he still going to take the offensive route against the Paandavas and Bhagawan Krishna? Let us wait till the next episode to find out the answers! Stay tuned! 🙂